14 November 1999
Razorblade Romance is the second studio album by HIM, released on 19 December 1999 in Finland and 24 January 2000 in the rest of Europe - except for the UK, where it was released 15 May 2000. It was produced by John Fryer and recorded at Rockfield recording studios in Wales by John Fryer and Paul Read. All songs and lyrics on the album, with the exception of Chris Isaak's Wicked Game, are composed by Ville Valo.
The album made HIM huge in Europe when their single Join Me In Death was featured in the sci-fi movie The Thirteenth Floor. It reached #1 on German sales charts, going platinum, and is the biggest-selling single in Finnish music history.
Razorblade Romance was released shortly after in the U.S. under the moniker "HER". There was a jazz band in Chicago named HiM who did not want to give up the rights to their name, but eventually HIM bought the rights to use their name in the United States and now can release their albums under it. The American albums were released under Jimmy Franks Recording Company, run by Jimmy Pop, singer of the Pennsylvania band Bloodhound Gang. They released the HER 'Razorblade Romance' around the Boston area, and once HIM regained the rights to their name, they re-released 'Razorblade Romance' nationwide under Universal Records.
Multiple versions of this album exist, including the Finnish and German version with tracks one to eleven below. The aforehand mentioned British version with a new versions of "Your Sweet Six Six Six" entitled "Your Sweet 666", and a new version of "Wicked Game". A new version of "It's All Tears (Drown In this Love) was also recorded for the album, but it didn't make it to the final track list (it was later made available on the UK version of the compilation And Love Said No). In addition to this, the title of "I Love You (Prelude to Tragedy)" was truncated to "I Love You". There are two different U.S. versions with the British tracklisting, plus "Sigillum Diaboli" and "One Last Time" (one had a Parental Advisory label and one did not); another U.S. edition released under the name "HER" with "The 9th Circle" added; a special U.S. vinyl released in 2005 featuring the same track listing of the U.S. CD; and a few others.
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